Still Getting Back to Painting after the Holidays

Published On: 01-09-2012 11:02pm

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Unlike a lot of artists probably, I need to paint every single day to be able to keep my abilities up.  Over the holiday season, I was simply unable to.  I love my work (if you can call it that) more than anything else I've ever done -- or ever will do -- in my life.  I live to paint and to learn all I can about painting -- No matter how good others may see me, even in ten more years, say,I will always be striving to be the best that I can be.

No one wants to die, I know; but since I know we all do at some point hopefully in the distant future, I want to still be trying to paint to the very best of my ability.  So I hope when my time comes, I'll be found the next day, brush in hand, signing my latest best painting I could ever do.  (Sorry to sound morbid, but I love my career that much.)

But as much as I love my career, there's one thing that overrides even it, and that is my family  - including extended family and even some friends -- and of course my four-legged family members, too.  So that's why I was away from painting these past few weeks.  But now it's time for me to get back to it.  

I started last week with a rooster painting, a bit stylized compared to my usual style, but it was enjoyable, and if felt good to have the brushes wet again.  I've finished it, and now I'm painting a German shorthaired pointer portrait.  I'm fairly happy with the painting so far, but I'm having a bit of trouble with getting just the right color.  Unfortunately, I read the AKC requirements for a GSP's color, which they descibe as pure "liver," not red, not orange, not tan, but "liver."  Well, I'm really struggling to be sure it's exactly the right color in my painting, but with a bit of time I'm sure I'll get it right.

Hope you enjoy it when it is finished.  

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